Travel surveys to be carried out in Plymouth

Surveys to collect important travel data will be carried out on some of Plymouth’s key routes over the next two weeks.

The surveys will be used to gather up-to-date information on journeys made in the city, which is critical for funding submissions for major transport improvement schemes such as the Forder Valley Link Road.

They will also provide the essential data needed to ensure that new road schemes meet current and future demand.

Conducted by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff with support from Devon and Cornwall Police, the surveys will be carried out at the roadside throughout the day, with randomly selected drivers.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Planning, said: “As part of our Government funding bids for major transport improvements we have to provide up-to-date information about the journeys people make in and around the city. We also need to ensure we are modelling new road schemes on the latest available data so that they meet Plymouth’s future transport needs.

“This is all about improving traffic flow in the longer term – making sure we make changes that really benefit motorists and help tackle congestion as our city continues to grow.

“The best way to get an accurate picture of typical demand on the network is by speaking to drivers about where they are travelling to and from and – importantly – why.

“We will do everything we can to carry out interviews as quickly as possible and minimise delays. We really appreciate drivers’ help in gathering this crucial information and thank everyone for their patience while surveys are carried out.”

The Council cannot announce survey locations or dates in advance because many drivers would alter their routes and journey times, which would significantly skew the survey results.

Drivers who are stopped do not have to take part in the surveys, but each interview should only take around one or two minutes and the results will be invaluable in planning future improvements to the city’s transport network.